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MSU Data Librarian Scout Calvert Named Visiting Program Officer by the Association of Research...
October 11, 2019 - 10:39:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Press Releases

MSU Data Librarian Scout Calvert was appointed as a visiting program officer by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). In this role, she will work with a team from ARL, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE in a strategic partnership to better understand how research libraries – as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise – can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content. 

According to ARL leaders, the three partners are focused on...

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New Kiosk at MSU Libraries Encourages Readers to be Writers
October 07, 2019 - 10:44:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Press Releases
Three students enjoy the MSU Library's new Short Edition Kiosk

A sweet new kiosk at the MSU Main Library dispenses stories like candy from a vending machine. Located on the main floor near the south (Red Cedar) entrance, the dispenser offers a new reading option for MSU Library users and serves as a new publishing venue for students, faculty, and staff. The kiosk provides free on-demand printing of short prose and poetry, offering users a choice of one-minute, three-minute, or five-minute stories printed on paper a bit wider than a typical receipt. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said the kiosk opens up new opportunities for the MSU Libraries to...

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Bizmining for Business
October 03, 2019 - 1:27:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Looking for profit and loss statements for the average dental office making $1-499,999/year in Omaha Nebraska?

Want to know (quickly) how many grocery stores there are in the 14564, 14425 zip codes?

In a word: BIZMINER

Bizminer from Business Valuation Resources (BVR) is a leading resource for financial and marketing data for some 16,000 lines of business across hundreds of national and local markets throughout the U.S.

The greatest value of BizMiner reports lies in discerning patterns of market activity, which are reflected in the large samples that BVR uses to...

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MSU Libraries Partner with Refugee Development Center for Community Cataloging Event
October 01, 2019 - 9:44:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Press Releases

The Michigan State University Libraries has one of the largest collections of material on and from Africa in the United States. Students, faculty, and other library users and researchers rely on the Library’s cataloging system to find and access these materials, but how does it all get cataloged? On two days this October, MSU Librarians will have some help from members of the MSU and Greater Lansing community who speak various African languages, including Wolof, Hausa, Amharic, Tigrinya, Swahili, and Arabic. 

The community...

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The Negro Motorist Green Book
September 20, 2019 - 4:45:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Uncategorized
"There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published." -- Victor Green, in the preface to the 1941 edition

From 1936 to 1966 Victor Green, and later his widow Alma Green, edited the Negro Motorist Green Book, which listed businesses that would serve black travelers without harassment or prejudice.  Race or ethnicity of the business owner was not a criteria for inclusion in the listings.  We examined 9 editions of the Green Book, and created a map of the 86 Detroit businesses listed.  Enjoy these interactive maps to learn more about them.  Running...

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MSU Libraries Will Partner with Students and Faculty to Host Community Conversation about Eviction
September 17, 2019 - 9:54:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries




EAST LANSING, Mich., September 17, 2019 – What is the meaning of home? What are the root causes of displacement? How does structural racism shape economic inequality? The MSU Libraries will host a community conversation to address these important questions. The event is in support of the 2019 One Book, One Community (OBOC) initiative and will be held in the Green Room (4 West) in the Main Library on Monday, September 23 at 6 p.m.

The program is free and is the...

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September 16, 2019 - 4:56:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Although there’s not really any discernible agreement as to when “initialism” or acronyms first became mainstream, the somewhat frightful acronym FAMGA is certainly outperforming OTP ("One True Pairing") at the moment.

FAMGA is an acronym for Facebook Inc (FB), Apple Inc (AAPL), Microsoft Corp (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN), the five biggest stocks in the Nasdaq. Today, the FAMGA make up an astonishing 40% of the NASDAQ 100 company index. 

The FAMGA family phenomena is also enormously profitable. Combined, the frightful five have a market-cap of roughly $4...

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Jobs Indeed
September 11, 2019 - 4:43:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

There are, for all intents and purposes, four types of analytics positions in the U.S; data analyst, business analyst (BA), data scientist, and business intelligence analyst (BIA). Since these position titles tend to be fluid over time, there’s a need to continually re-identify the skill requirements for professionals in each of these areas.

Fortunately, several researchers have taken inventory of some of the most desirable analytics skills sought by employers between December 2016 and February 2017.

Verma et al. (2019) used content analysis to examine a sample of 1,235 job...

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Joseph Salem Named Dean of University Libraries
September 10, 2019 - 11:31:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries
Joseph Salem, pictured in the Art Library at MSU Libraries


Joseph Salem was named Dean of University Libraries by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Salem joined the MSU Libraries as Director and University Librarian in August of 2018. The trustees approved the title change at Friday’s meeting. 

“I see this title change as recognition of the role that the MSU Libraries plays at the center of the intellectual life at MSU,” Salem said. “The MSU Libraries makes vital contributions to the MSU community, and I am honored to serve...

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The CRAZY Inverted Yield Curve
September 09, 2019 - 4:38:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

“The yield curve does not cause a recession in my framework. The yield curve is just an elegant way to summarize sentiment in the economy.” - Campbell Harvey

An inverted yield curve marks a point where short-term investments in U.S. Treasury bonds pay more than long-term ones. When they flip, or invert, it’s widely regarded as a bad sign for the economy.

Facts in August

The rate of the 10-year bond fell below the 1-year bond
The rate of the 2-year bond did not close above the 10-year bond (flat)
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